Christmas Traditions: The World’s Biggest Tree Image

Each year, on the evening of December 7th, the Umbrian town of Gubbio, Italy, lights up the outline of a giant Christmas tree on the slopes of Monte Ingino, which towers over the beautiful city. According to no less an authority than the Guinness Book of Records, it’s the biggest in the world, climbing the slope from the base in the old town center to the Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, Gubbio’s patron, a distance of 400 meters. The comet that lead the Magi to the Nativity crowns the tree.

As is the custom throughout Italy, Gubbio also displays Nativity scenes known as i presepi, devoting entire streets to the tableaux.

by G.Orsucci www.orsu.it

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